NFL notebook

January 29

Kyle Shanahan is scheduled to interview Wednesday with the Cleveland Browns for their offensive coordinator job, according to a person familiar with the situation.

It will be the third known interview for an NFL offensive coordinator position for Shanahan since he was fired by the Washington Redskins.

Shanahan previously interviewed with the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens.

The Dolphins hired Bill Lazor, until then the quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Ravens hired Gary Kubiak, the former head coach of the Houston Texans.

The Browns hired Mike Pettine as their head coach last week. He had been the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills.

Shanahan was fired by the Redskins along with his father, Mike, the team’s head coach for four seasons, following a 3-13 season. Kyle Shanahan served as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator following a stint as the Texans’ offensive coordinator under Kubiak.

— Mark Maske

DOLPHINS: Tackle Jonathan Martin said the persistence of vulgar language around Miami made him feel trapped, so he left the team before lodging allegations at the root of a bullying scandal.

Owner Stephen Ross said he’s proud of the way the franchise responded to the case.

Martin’s comments, which aired Tuesday on “NBC Nightly News,” came in his first interview since the scandal broke.

He left the Dolphins in October and said he was harassed daily by teammates, including guard Richie Incognito, who was suspended for the final eight games.

“I’m a grown man,” said Martin, 24. “I’ve been in locker rooms. There’s vulgar language used in locker rooms. One instance doesn’t bother me. It’s the persistence of it. I wish I would have had more tools to solve my situation. I felt trapped, like I didn’t have a way to make it right. It came down to a point where I thought it was best to remove myself from the situation.”

New York attorney Ted Wells began a league investigation in November, and his report will be released after the Super Bowl. . . .

Dennis Hickey was introduced as Miami’s general manager, and he said he’ll try to upgrade a team that has missed the playoffs the past five seasons.

Hickey, a longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive, was hired Sunday to end an arduous search that lasted nearly three weeks.

BRONCOS: Denver place kicker Matt Prater said he’s feeling “a lot better” after missing three practices last week because of an illness and expects to be “totally fine” for the Super Bowl.

Prater kicked Monday for the first time since being sent home by the team Thursday and said at media day Tuesday he didn’t feel too rusty.

He missed practices Thursday through Saturday and felt as if “a truck hit me.”

While resting at home, Prater thought it was “strange” to see his name on the TV news scroll listed as “questionable” for the Super Bowl. He added that for the Super Bowl, “I guess everything’s a big deal.”

Prater is 30 for 31 on field goal attempts, including an NFL-record 64-yarder Dec. 8 in Denver.

COWBOYS: Dallas demoted defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, giving his title to Rod Marinelli, and hired Scott Linehan as the passing game coordinator who will call plays.

The Cowboys announced a change in Kiffin’s title to assistant head coach/defense. Dallas allowed the most yards in franchise history and finished last in the NFL in total defense.

Kiffin and Marinelli, the defensive line coach, came to Dallas together last year after the Cowboys decided to switch to a four-man front with three linebackers following nearly a decade in the 3-4 defense.

Linehan, the former St. Louis coach who was Detroit’s offensive coordinator the past five seasons, takes over play-calling duties from Bill Callahan. The Cowboys had their worst offensive output since 2005.

PANTHERS: Carolina announced Coach Ron Rivera was given a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.

Financial details were not immediately available.

Rivera started the season on the hot seat after a 1-3 start, but the Panthers rebounded to win 11 of their final 12 regular season games to capture the NFC South and a first-round bye in the playoffs.

TITANS: Running back Chris Johnson said surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his knee went perfectly. Johnson shared an update after his surgery on Twitter. He also wrote, “now lets get on the grind.”

The running back told the Tennessean he was having surgery in Pensacola, Fla., with orthopedist James Andrews. Johnson hurt his knee in a win over San Diego in September.

Johnson didn’t miss a game in 2013 and sat out only one practice late in the season. He rushed for 1,077 yards, the second-lowest total of his six-year career.

Johnson is due $8 million in 2014 and has said he won’t take a pay cut.

OBITUARY: Harry Gamble, who coached with Philadelphia as well as Lafayette, Penn and New Jersey high school teams before retiring as the Eagles’ president, died Tuesday, the team said in a statement. He was 83.

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